Taipei and the Tactics of Everyday Life

Creative resistance allows residents to make their cities work for them in surprising ways.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/06/17
By: Leora Joy

Photo Credit: Leora Joy

“We should try to construct practices of vocation that can begin to address the deficit of felt powerlessness and to chip away at our capacity to interiorise power relations, to delimit by ourselves the realm of the possible.” — Nigel Thrift “Non-Representational Theory” (2007)

Two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, according to the United Nations.

But what makes a city? With longer lifespans than the people inhabiting them, cities seem everlasting: filled with cement and steel structures, high-rise towers and thousands of apartment blocks housing private lives.

They give the impression of being forever: permanent testaments to the public that make them home, monuments to people and their lives. But, make no mistake, despite their ubiquity, not all cities are as permanent as we think they are. Nor are they created equally, divvied up fairly, or even utilized as they were intended to be.

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